1. “He who has a morning meal of seven ‘ajwa dates will not suffer harm that day through toxins or magic.” (Bukhari, Hadith 5327 and Muslim, Hadith 3814)
2. ‘Aisha (Radiyallahu Anha) reported Allah’s Messenger as saying, “The ‘ajwah dates of al-‘Aliya contain healing, and they are an antidote (when taken as) first
thing in the morning.” (Muslim, Hadith 3815)
I am a little confused about something. Do ajwa dates have to be taken at fajr time which is morning time Islamically, because these hadith clearly says it should be taken in the morning or is any time during the day okay provided it’s the first thing eaten? And if it has to be taken first thing at fajr time, does your stomach need to be empty. Because I usually eat a heavy dinner at late night and my stomach is still full when it becomes fajr time. Also, what are Aliya Ajwa dates and do you know where Aliya Ajwa dates are sold? I’m asking about Aliya Ajwa Dates specifically.
A: The benefit of eating ajwa dates explained in the Hadith refers to the one who consumes seven ajwa dates early in the morning on an empty stomach. Aaliyah is a place on the outskirts of Madinah Munawwarah where these dates used to grow. Other Ahaadith reported in reference to the benefit of ajwa are general and they have not confined the benefit of the ajwa to the dates of Aaliyah. Instead those Ahaadith explain that the the one who consumes the ajwa dates of Madinah Munawwarah will receive the benefit. Hence, we understand that the benefit explained in the Ahaadith will be obtained for the one who eats the Ajwa dates from any place in Madinah Munawwarah.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)